- Anatomy, Zoology.
- a membranous sac or organ serving as a receptacle for a fluid or air.
- urinary bladder.
- Pathology. a vesicle, blister, cyst, etc., filled with fluid or air.
- Botany. an air-filled sac or float, as in certain seaweeds.
- something resembling a bladder, as the inflatable lining of a football or basketball.
- an air-filled sac, usually made to resemble a club, used for beatings in low comedy, vaudeville, or the like.
Origin of bladder
Examples from the Web for bladder
She lost control of her bladder as she crouched in a corner, shaking, and unable to move her body due to the shock.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
Kerri Kasem said in court Friday that her father was suffering from bedsores and lung and bladder infections.Casey Kasem's Family's Top 40 Meltdown Moments
June 3, 2014
Prick the bladder with a needle every so often,” she advises sagely, “to keep it from exploding.The Queen of the French Kitchen
March 26, 2014
The girl, Mariam, was born with her bladder outside her body.The Heroes of Iraq
March 20, 2013
The news comes after the her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, was hospitalised twice with a bladder infection last year.Queen Has Trots
March 2, 2013
"Both," said Black Tom, scratching his big head, as bald as a bladder.
If Black Tom had not been as bald as a bladder, he would have torn his hair in his mortification.
He worried himself so much in trying to escape that he looked like a bladder.
After the blood had accumulated in the cavity of the chest it was removed and put into a bladder.The Land of the Long Night
Paul du Chaillu
And when all of them were tied on, the raft floated like a bladder.A Book of Burlesques
H. L. Mencken
- anatomy a distensible membranous sac, usually containing liquid or gas, esp the urinary bladderRelated adjective: vesical
- an inflatable part of something
- a blister, cyst, vesicle, etc, usually filled with fluid
- a hollow vesicular or saclike part or organ in certain plants, such as the bladderwort or bladderwrack
Word Origin and History for bladder
Old English blædre (West Saxon), bledre (Anglian) "(urinary) bladder," also "blister, pimple," from Proto-Germanic *blaedron (cf. Old Norse blaðra, Old Saxon bladara, Old High German blattara, German Blatter, Dutch blaar), from PIE *bhle- "to blow" (see blast). Extended senses from early 13c. from animal bladders used for buoyancy, storage, etc.
- Any of various distensible membranous sacs, such as the urinary bladder, that serve as receptacles for fluid or gas.
- A blister, pustule, or cyst filled with fluid or air; vesicle.
- A sac-shaped muscular organ that stores the urine secreted by the kidneys, found in all vertebrates except birds and the monotremes. In mammals, urine is carried from the kidneys to the bladder by the ureters and is later discharged from the body through the urethra.
- An air bladder.